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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1458603.015 - Clements Tree Service Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca American Canyon District Office

Nr: 1458603.015Report ID: 0950615Open Date: 01/27/2020

Clements Tree Service Inc.
803 Chamberlain Ctnull
Mill Valley, CA 94942
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: P. O. Box 2118null, Mill Valley, CA 94942

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/27/2020
Close Case:08/13/2020

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2 4
Current Violations 2 2 4
Initial Penalty $15,300 $0 $0 $600 $0 $15,900
Current Penalty $15,300 $0 $0 $600 $0 $15,900
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3395(I) 07/27/2020 $300 $300 $0 Z - Issued
  2. 01002 Other 3421(M) 07/27/2020 $300 $300 $0 Z - Issued
  3. 02001 Serious 3421(F) 07/27/2020 $2,700 $2,700 $0 Z - Issued
  4. 03001 Serious 3427(C) 07/27/2020 $12,600 $12,600 $0 Z - Issued

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 123480.015Event: 01/27/2020Employee Is Struck And Killed By Falling Tree
At 11:00 a.m. on January 27, 2020, a crew of 7 workers were removing eucalyptus trees from a wooden hillside between residential properties for the second day. In the wooden area, there were many snag trees, or thin, dead or dying trees tha t were more than 20 feet tall and less than 12 inches in diameter. The crew had attached a rope at the top of the tree being removed, which had a base diameter of approximately 30 inches and was 54 feet long. The crew was going to use this rigging system to drop the tree once their supervisor had finished making the ba ck-cut on the tree. Employee #1, who was a groundsman, was standing downhill wit h three coworkers approximately 64 feet away while facing the tree that was goin g to be removed. The supervisor began felling the tree while Employee #1 and cow orkers were downhill pulling on the rigging system. After the supervisor gave th e signal, Employee #1 and the coworkers pulled the tree and it began to fall. Ho wever, the branch of a tree obstructed the fall of the tree that was being remov ed. A snag tree, which was approximately 12 inches in diameter and 64 feet in le ngth, fell downhill in a direction perpendicular to the tree being removed and i t struck Employee #1 in the head, approximately 15 feet from the top, and result ed in killing Employee #1. Emergency personnel pronounced Employee #1 dead at th e scene.
Keywords: head, rigging, struck by, tree, tree felling
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1458603.015 Fatality Laborers, except construction

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